Peter Gleick, who stole the Heartland Institute Board of Director documents under false pretenses, is the Chair of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Task Force on Scientific Integrity!!!! How is that for irony and perhaps it speaks to the overall integrity of the Warmer cause.
Someone made up a fake cover letter to accompany the stolen documents and sent out a package to Warmer supporters in the media. In the fake cover letter, Heartland is saying that they are going to spend $100,000 in schools with the objective of providing information that would show that “the topic of climate change is controversial and uncertain – two key points that are effective at dissuading teachers from teaching science”. NOT TO TEACH SCIENCE! Heartland did not write the cover letter. Gleick says he is not guilty of writing the cover letter. Those are leading the investigation believe he did write it. He has resigned his position as the head of the Scientific Integrity Task Force.
However Gleick says it really wasn’t his fault:“My judgment was blinded by my frustration with the ongoing efforts — often anonymous, well-funded, and coordinated — to attack climate science and scientists and prevent this debate, and by the lack of transparency of the organizations involved.” So it is Heartland’s fault. They are so well funded.
Jo Nova’s blog has the following table showing only a few of the Warmer organizations’ funding versus Heartland Institute funding:
|Greenpeace||$300m||2010 Annual Report|
|WWF||$700m||” ($524m Euro)|
|Pew Charitable Trust||$360m||2010 Annual Report|
|Sierra Club||$56m||2010 Annual Report|
|US government funding for climate science and technology||$7,000m||“Climate Money” 2009|
|US government funding for “climate related appropriations”||$1,300m||USAID 2010|
|US government funding for skeptical scientists||$ 0|
|Heartland Institute||$7m||(actually $6.4m)|
Nova’s table highlights the vast discrepancy in funding. She adds: “So what the expose shows is that the Heartland Institute punches far above its weight with an incredibly efficient budget.” To see Jo Nova’s full posting click here.
Why are the Skeptics becoming so successful in getting their message across? It is not that they have a lot of money. It certainly isn’t the media that seem only interested in press releases from the Warmers. It is not the Governments of the world that support only Warmer climate research. Its not the school districts that make Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” required viewing.
But rather it is the Internet where people can judge the available reports for themselves. It the exposure of the Warmer leaders hiding the truth, gaming the science, denying Skeptics access to publication of their studies etc. as exposed by Climate Gate. It is also a public that is weary of Warmer shrill claims of impending disaster—which never materialize.